Graphine Theme Updates Override Custome CSS?

  • Merri


    Hi there, I chose the Graphine theme for my client’s website a few months ago and she wanted it do to things that required custom CSS. In the mean time, a theme update has been released but before performing the update I read somewhere that theme updates would override my custom CSS, so I haven’t updated it. What should I do? There were several things along the way that custom CSS solved, but I don’t have a list of the changes I made (and don’t remember). I read in the beginner’s section of this forum something about creating child pages is recommended if you are going to use custom CSS, but I don’t really understand what that means and didn’t know to do that at the time I was making updates to her site.

    What should I do? How do I handle theme updates without overriding our changes to CSS?

    Thank you!


    Kenneth John Odle


    Theme updates do NOT override any modifications you have made via the theme options or a child theme. (Not child pages—that’s something different.) That warning is for people who edit theme files directly. (Which is why we always recommend that you do not edit theme files.)

    If you have made all changes via theme options or a child theme, you can update without fear of losing any of your changes.


    Kenneth John Odle


    Creating a child theme information:

    Prasanna also has a plugin and other info, but I’m at work and his site is blocked from here. You can find him in the forum.



    Thanks, Kenneth – I went to the Editor and usually worked in the Style Sheet or functions.php. Another web guy on the team added a default font size somewhere in the editor. Is that what you mean by editing the theme files? Will those areas get overwritten? Thanks for the info. on creating a child theme, I’ll take a look. I also found Prasanna at


    Kenneth John Odle

    I went to the Editor and usually worked in the Style Sheet or functions.php

    That is exactly what I meant. This is not how you want to make changes to the theme. Those areas will be overwritten when you update.

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